Posts by Andy Bratton

Posts by Andy Bratton

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What really Matters?

Well, what goals do you have for 2021?  If you were going to narrow down your list to three things you wanted to do differently or to be different once 2021 was over, how would your list read?  Weight loss, more books read, finish a degree, stronger marriage, more time with family, a vacation? Not to cast judgment or to make anyone feel guilty, but do you think Paul had New Year’s resolutions?  On the Morning Dive, we have been…
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Unspeakable Joy

 So what are the things that overshadow the true meaning of Christmas for you?  As a kid, I am sure the gifts under the tree started to overshadow Jesus at times.  The rush of getting things purchased and wrapped and making Christmas plans and writing Christmas letters, all at times seem to overshadow the joy and excitement we should have for the Christ child being born into this world. Herod allowed power to overshadow the birth of Jesus by making…
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Discipleship You Don’t Have to Travel For

On Sunday, November 8th we started a new series called, “A Divine Dining Experience.”  In this series, we are looking at four meals Jesus had with people and the teaching He gave during those meals.  The overriding theme of the series is that Discipleship starts at home and the challenge for the month was to have a sit-down meal every day with your family and ask three questions.  “What God sightings did you observe today?”  “If Jesus were here at…
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Well Done

By Andy Bratton, Senior Minister Today I received a call from someone explaining to me that their family had tested positive for Covid and would be on “lockdown” for a couple of weeks.  I expressed to this person that if they needed anything to make sure and let me know and to not be shy.  This person went on to share that a certain person in our church went and grocery shopped for this person and their neighbor to make…

The Reminder of God’s Creativity and Design

By Andy Bratton, Senior Minister Ah, the changing colors of fall.  Such beautiful colors, especially when the sun is shining on the leaves after a small rain so the colors glisten.  There are tunnels of trees you can drive through and be surrounded by the colors.  There is a chairlift ride you can take for $5 to see the leaves.  I am looking outside my window at the church and can see all kinds of colors as I type this. …
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Wedded Bliss

By Andy Bratton, Senior Minister Today is my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary.  I have been around for almost 52 of them.  Whenever I say “marriage,” I can’t help but remember the Princess Bride movie and the famous scene of the king and princess Buttercup getting married against her will.  And just when the formal service is beginning we hear the minister say, “Mawwige.  Mawwige is what bwings us together today.”  And later he says, “Wuv, twoo Wuv.” I looked up…